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Elizabeth M. Garcia

Overview

Shareholder Elizabeth Garcia is a world traveler, fluent in three languages--English, Portuguese and Spanish. Her travels aid her in understanding how culture and heritage impact the relationships and the workplace.  In her employment and labor law practice Liz uses this perspective to assist employer clients manage issues and challenges with their employees. Knowing each client or litigation matter is unique, Liz combines her broad experience with curiosity, purpose and determination to win to learn about her clients’ corporate culture and challenges. She offers legal solutions to address immediate concerns as well as proactive advice to mitigate future litigation.

Liz works with both private and public sector employers on a wide variety of issues arising under federal and state employment laws such as anti-discrimination laws, “whistleblower” laws, family leave acts, Fair Labor Standards Act, American with Disabilities Act, National Labor Relations Act, Public Employer-Employee Relations Act, and many others.  As a champion of proactive human resources policies, she conducts frequent training sessions for management, supervisors and employees on countless topics, ranging from anti- harassment to wage and hour compliance. She also provides guidance on best practices for employee handbooks.

During her career, Liz has:

  • Litigated and defended public and private entities in harassment, discrimination, whistle blower, equal pay lawsuits and other topics involving civil rights, non-compete, non-solicitation, and other breach of contract claims. Negotiated public and private union contracts.
  • Handled grievance arbitrations.
  • Prosecuted unfair labor practices.
  • Drafted employment agreements for upper level management.
  • Negotiated separation agreements.
  • Counseled entities on day to day labor and employment related issues.
  • Worked with human resource directors with problem employees, layoff and other complex human resource matters.

For the small business owner, Liz provides counsel on labor and employment issues unique to each company and industry. She meets her clients “where they are” and helps them make incremental changes to build compliant businesses.

For her public sector clients, Liz also offers guidance on civil rights, government liability, and municipal and governmental relations. In addition, Liz represents municipal clients before the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) and her private clients before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in issues including unfair labor practices, mediations and arbitration. She is also well versed on civil service and pension laws.  

Honors & Awards

In 2008, Liz was the recipient of the prestigious Robert W. Criscuolo Award, presented annually by the Burlington County Bar Association to a young attorney committed to the legal profession and the community.

In 2013, she was recognized as one of 50 “New Leaders of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal. “New Leaders of the Bar” are under the age of 40 and nominated by their peers.  Winners are selected based on qualities such as leadership, expertise, charitable contributions, volunteer work and professional accomplishments.

In 2014, Liz was named as one of 25 “Women to Watch 2014” in South Jersey Biz Magazine’s annual profile.  The accolade recognizes outstanding women business and community leaders in the South Jersey area. 

Professional Activities

  • Burlington County Bar Association (Immediate Past President)
  • Burlington County Bar Foundation (Past President)
  • New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Human Resource Management Association
  • Human Resource Association

Community Activities

  • Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, First Vice Chair, Board of Directors

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Clerkships

  • Chambers of the Honorable Michael Winkelstein, A.J.S.C., New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, 

Education

  • Temple University School of Law (J.D., 2000)
    • Executive editor, Temple International and Comparative Law Journal
  • Wheaton College, Massachusetts (B.A., International Relations and Hispanic Studies, 1997)

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
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